The Detroit News is reporting that General Motors will replace 542 ignition switch kits it produced, some of which were sent to dealers with a faulty tab. Fortunately, none of the affected kits were installed in customer cars.
The kits are designed to replace the recalled ignition switches of millions of GM cars that may allow the vehicle’s key to move to the ‘accessory’ position while driving, causing the car to lose power to accessories like power steering and brakes, as well as airbags. The company is aware of 13 deaths related to the issue.
General Motors spokesman Alan Adler told the The News that the ignition switches being replaced, “were built on July 1 and had some broken tabs that are part of the anti-theft system — and don’t impact vehicle safety. The parts had passed all other inspections.”
Additionally, the company is now adding a visual inspection to the line at the plant that is producing the kits in order to avoid any more issues with its replacement ignition switch kits.